The Department of Health (DOH) has stressed that there is no confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Puerto Princesa City and Palawan province.

Dr. Mario Baquilod, regional director of the DOH, pointed out Wednesday that there is still no test result on the case of one person under investigation (PUI) isolated in a private hospital in the city.

“No confirmed case [sa Palawan]. Wala pang result from the specimen sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM),” said Baquilod as of press time.

The health department asked the public to rely only on verified health advisories that are usually posted daily at 7 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.

This, after several online screenshots of group messages were circulated, triggering concerns among local residents.

Meanwhile, the City Council on Tuesday declared a “State of Public Health Emergency”, appropriating some P75 million of LGU savings to fund a COVID-19 response.

The city health office said it intends to purchase P40 million-worth of medical supplies including thermal scanner, suits, gowns, and isolation beds.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) is also tasked to support the information education campaigns (IEC) and sanitation of public places.


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